Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt Top

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This frigid weather has given me a perfect excuse to spend some quality time at my sewing machine. Earlier this week I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt top!

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Chain piecing the remaining 24 quilt blocks was a good idea. I think it took me about three days to finish them – much faster than the first 18! These blocks finish at 8″ x 8″. I sort of wish I made 12″ versions for a slightly larger quilt. But since this is for my daughter, I suppose the smaller size is okay.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were a lot of points to match up when I sewed the tops together. I took the extra time when I was pinning to make sure everything was aligned properly.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I braved the 5 degrees to get a few pictures in the snow. I love the pop of the brights against the low volume background (fabric and snow)! I think my daughter wants minky for the backing. That should make this quilt nice and warm for cuddling on the couch with her Nancy Drew.

Four

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

And then there were four. I spent more time yesterday cutting out background pieces for my Crosses and Losses blocks. Slow going to be sure! Usually I’m a huge planner and would do all my cutting, then all my piecing of segments (in this case, half square triangles), all my trimming, then all my final block assembly. I guess I’m feeling a bit antsy to see immediate progress because I have decided to focus my efforts on making a handful of blocks at a time.

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

I cut my next twelve bright fabrics and started chain piecing those. I promise it’s more than it looks in this pile. Because these blocks finish up at 8″, some of the HSTs are on the smaller side. I hope to get some time between errands today to get these trimmed up and pieced into more Crosses and Losses quilt blocks. Stay tuned!

Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.

Progress and Friends

Fresh Lemons Quilts

What a fun week it has been, and it’s not over yet! Tuesday, I was lucky enough to spend the day with my Vintage Quilt Revival coauthors, and best quilty friends, Katie and Lee. Believe it or not, the three of us haven’t been all together since promoting our book at Quilt Market almost two years ago. We text each other pretty much everyday, but this felt like such a treat. Katie’s husband was in town for business so she tagged along with her new sweet baby girl.

Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhoto taken by my 8 year old 🙂

This was the first time our kids met! This isn’t the whole crew, as Katie’s older two kids stayed back home in Utah. But 5 out of 7 isn’t bad! After some initial shyness, everyone became fast friends as we hung out in downtown Chicago.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday, I spent much of the day trimming those 256 HSTs that you see above. Not the most fun I’ve ever had, but I’m glad it’s done! I was admittedly easily distracted, so it wasn’t really a 12 hour job. And today, I’m packing up to head to Wisconsin for the weekend for some sewing time with fellow quilty friends. I’m feeling very spoiled to have some “me” time. I’m hoping to knock out all the blocks for this quilt top, and who knows what else! I’ll try to remember to take some pictures along the way. 🙂